The Way To A Perfect Tan

July 3, 2014

If you have the luxury of going on vacation this summer, you may want to learn how to get the perfect tan and avoid getting fried to a crisp.

If this happens, you can bet that the only thing you’ll be doing during your vacation is watching the ocean water — from the window of your hotel room.

With the risks involved in tanning today, there is no way to tan safely, but there are ways to tan relatively safely and minimize the risks of sun exposure.

The sun may be great, but if you don’t take the necessary precautions with your summer skin care while tanning, then you’re increasing the risk of skin cancer, premature aging and painful sunburns.

These days, we have to use protection for everything, from bedroom activities to outdoor fun. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t bask in the sun and look great.

Sunscreen is an absolute must. Would you go scuba diving without a mask? Sunscreen has an SPF factor, which is the number of times you’re being protected by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, while sunblock is a stronger shield that literally blocks you from most of the sun’s UV rays.

You need to apply sunscreen approximately 20 minutes before going outside, and re-apply if you go into the water, even if your lotion is waterproof.

Speaking of getting burned, people erroneously believe that a burn will fade away into a nice tan. This could not be more false. A burn will cause your skin to become all blistery and splotchy, and your skin will just peel away to reveal the next layer.

Don’t be fooled by tanning salons. The only reason they are somewhat safer than sunbathing is that they provide a controlled tanning setting, meaning you control the amount of time you want to tan and choose the power of the radiation.

Tanning salons are a good way to achieve a base before you head outside to tan naturally.

You can go to a tanning salon a couple of times before hitting the beach, to lessen the chance that your winter paleness will get burned once it’s exposed to the sun.

Even with a base, though, make sure to slather on some sunscreen or sunblock, as you can still get burned.

The safest way to get a tan is by using tanning creams or sprays, although many believe it is not the most aesthetically pleasing of methods.

Make sure to use one that has a visible color, so you can actually see how much you are applying. Test it out on a small spot of your body first, and make sure your body is totally dry before using it, and preferably, exfoliate first.